Celebrate Black History Month

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February is Black History Month and the Community Media Center (CMC) will celebrate the rich heritage and achievements of African-Americans by featuring a variety of locally produced programming on cable channel 19

Special programming will air Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday from 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM & Tuesday & Saturday from 10:00 AM -2:00 PM.

For a complete listing of programs, airdates and times, please visit the Channel 19 program schedule

The highlight of our month-long programming is the broadcast premiere of:

The Rock of Our Ancestors: The Community Media Center (CMC) produced documentary explores the origins, history and impact of Carroll County’s small, African-American Churches. Throughout our history, the church has been the cornerstone around which people have gathered to build their communities. This documentary profiles small local churches that are facing an uncertain future. Shrinking congregations, competing interests and financial pressures are creating significant challenges to their survival.  As the documentary shows, Carroll County’s houses of worship have not only served as a source of strength and comfort, but also have been vessels of history; some tracing their roots back over 100 years. For these parishioners, the loss of the church is the loss of their legacy.  Today, it’s not simply a building or the congregation that is at risk, it is the very heritage of their ancestors and the identity of an entire community that is at stake.

Other featured programs that honor the history and achievements of Carroll County’s African American residents will include:

The March on Washington: A CMC documentary produced in partnership with the Carroll County NAACP, featuring local residents who were part of the historic event on August 28th, 1963. Residents share their stories and memories of how this remarkable event helped usher in a new age of civil rights and liberties.

Robert Moton School – The Hope of a Community: Produced by CMC Member, Patricia Mack-Preston, this one-hour documentary features local residents who attended the Segregated Robert Moton High School. The program honors the African Americans who attended the school and records their memories about segregated education; the struggles, the triumphs, the pursuit of excellence and their experiences when integrating Carroll County Schools in the 1950’s and 1960’s. 

Carroll County NAACP’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast: Coverage of the Carroll County NAACP’s 15th Annual MLK Breakfast. Silver Oak Academy Program Director, Mr. Kevin McLeod is the guest speaker

African American Trailblazers:  Produced by the CMC, this collection of programs is a compilation of interviews with local individuals who were pioneers in a variety of fields such as Community Action, Education, Politics and Sports.

The History of White Rock Church: This CMC Production features one of the oldest African-American Churches in the County.  White Rock Church tracks its roots back to 1868. Church records show that many of the current parishioners can trace their families back to those founding members. The documentary features interviews with Reverend Douglas Sands and various church members.

In addition to these documentaries, Channel 19 will also feature a variety of interviews from the Carroll County History Projects vast archive of oral histories.  Interested residents can explore The Carroll County History Project’s oral history collection on line at www.CarrollHistory.org

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